Thursday, December 22, 2005


I couldn't find this classic make-a-snowflake site when I was hunting links for the Monday ten, but rediscovered it over at Larissa's place, along with a virtual snowglobe (as Larissa advises, watch what happens to the snowman builder.)

Quick holiday centerpiece for any table: fill a pretty bowl with red (Rome, Red Delicious) and green (Granny Smith) apples, or whatever leftover glass ornaments you have from the tree, or different-sized pinecones sprinkled with fresh cranberries.

My infamous No-Brainer fudge recipe; four basic ingredients, ten minutes to cook, tastes like you slaved for hours.

The best generic adult gift: Books. Other than books, a basket of scented candles of various shapes and sizes. Both genders seem to like forest, spice or sea scents. I get the glass-jar kind, but if you buy pillar or votive candles it's nice (and safer for the recipient) to include candle holders. If you go to a candle shop, they usually have baskets already made up.

The best generic kid gift: Books. Other than books, Etch-A-Sketch (younger kid) or the Magic 8 Ball (older kid.)

The best generic writer gift: Books. Other than books, bookstore gift card. Don't make us beg.


  1. That fudge recipe looks like it will be incredibly useful. I'm going to try it today.

    Why do I always find such useful things in your posts?

  2. I notice a trend--books, books, books. My favorite gift to give and receive. :)


  3. Can't wait to try the fudge. My grandma's recipe is quite a bit harder than that one. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Made the fudge.

    That is one kick-ass fudge recipe. Try it, people. It's every bit as easy as PBW says, and it's delicious. I just had a piece not fifteen minutes ago.


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